Los Angeles Acupuncture for Back Pain and Stress

back painAcupuncture for Back Pain

Why does acupuncture work for back pain? A number of studies exists, such as a recent acupuncture back pain study conducted by the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, that have concluded that acupuncture is more effective in treating back pain than the standard treatment of medication and physical therapy. How it does that is a matter of some debate among researchers.

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners will tell you that acupuncture redresses an imbalance in the flow of energy through the body called “chi,” according to Harvard Men’s Health. Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital puts the matter in more western scientific terms. Acupuncture seems to adjust neurotransmitters, hormone levels, and the immune system in the human body.

michael strahan acupuncture cuppingThe Spine Health site adds that acupuncture can release opioid peptides by stimulating the human nervous system. These kinds of opioids plays an enormous role in alleviating all kinds of chronic pain, including back pain. Another theory is that acupuncture serves as conductors of electromagnetic energy. This in turn stimulates the production of endorphins which serve as the body’s natural pain killers.

The National Institutes of Health have recognized since 1998 that acupuncture is a safe, effective method of pain relief, not only for back pain but also for post-operative dental pain, headaches, and carpel tunnel syndrome. Subsequent studies have only proven to bolster this conclusion.

Thus anyone who is suffering from chronic back pain for whom the standard treatments are not working may benefit from a course of acupuncture from a reputable practitioner.

For more information about acupuncture for back pain contact us.

Patient Testimonial

back pain acupunctureI was a patient of Laurie Binder’s for six months. My back pain and sense of well being improved almost immediately. Thereafter, I continued seeing Dr. Binder because I enjoyed the experience and great results. I recommend Laurie Binder highly.  She is very competent, caring and effective.

Michael W. Brentwood, CA

Acupuncture for Anxiety

New Study Shows Teens May Need Help Managing Stress

teen stressWhen you think about a person who is stressed out, chances are you have a picture in your head of an adult. A new study shows that teens are actually just as stressed, if not more so, than adults, and may need help coping with the pressure they feel. One solution may be acupuncture for stress and anxiety.

Researchers questioned 1,000 teenagers and found that more than a quarter of them are experiencing extreme stress, and over 50% of them have moderate anxiety levels. 34% of them are looking ahead and predict their stress level will only increase over the coming months.

What are teens stressed about? 59% of them have a hard time balancing all their activities such as school, work, and extra-curriculars. Then there’s homework, future college plans, and relationships with friends or family that add on to the pressure.

Effects of Stress

Because of high stress levels, teens are experiencing:

  • headaches
  • sleep disturbance
  • irritability and anger
  • depression
  • a feeling of being overwhelmed
  • difficulty coping

Researchers are concerned that teens are not learning healthy ways to deal with their stress level, which is setting them up for a lifetime of physical and emotional ailments. Many teens turn to emotional eating, video games, or time online as a way of dealing with their stress. Our country is at a record high for prescription drugs taken by teens to treat anxiety and depression. Others are turning to alcohol or illegal drugs.

Stress Relief for Teens

To set teens up for lifelong health, they need to be able to deal with stress in a healthy, constructive way. The stress they feel now isn’t going anywhere, so some suggestions for dealing with stress include exercising, relaxation techniques, as well as counseling or therapy. Acupuncture has proven to be very beneficial to adults suffering from stress and anxiety so it is something parents of teens should look into as another way of dealing with the pressure they feel.

If you or your teen are feeling stress and anxiety and are looking for healthy ways to deal with it, contact us.

Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety: Understanding the Brain Connection

Acupuncture for Stress and AnxietyWhat can acupuncture do for stress and anxiety for those living in Los Angeles?  Living in a big city can be very stressful, particularly if you work hard and have a social life. When you add the stress of trying to navigate through Los Angeles traffic, managing family obligations, and the rest of what come with being a “grown up”, it can mean a little too much anxiety and stress.

You’re certainly not alone, though you have to take that stress and anxiety you’re feeling seriously. Perhaps you haven’t initially thought about acupuncture helping with your stress and worry.

You may want to take time to come visit me at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness to calm and center your mind. The reason is because scientific evidence is clearly showing how acupuncture helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Understanding What Causes Stress and Anxiety

In a Time Magazine report earlier this year on acupuncture benefits, they noted the methods in how anxiety manifests in all of us. It’s to do with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in our brains and how it releases a hormone that creates corticotropin. This pumps up the culprits in what causes anxiety: Cortisol and norepinephrine.

Through studies done by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, acupuncture was performed on rats in a controlled test. When the rats were placed under the stressful situation of an hour-long ice bath, the rats were given an electrical form of acupuncture. Those receiving the acupuncture showed no signs of elevated cortisol levels seen when animals and humans get stressed.

It was finally a real example of how acupuncture can truly work in controlling stress. Even though we’ve known for years about how effective it is, it’s been frustrating that not enough studies have been done to truly prove the benefits.

What makes the above rat study even more interesting is the body location where the acupuncture was done.

The Stomach Connection to Stress and Acupuncture

stomach pain from anxietyIn the above studies, the rats were given the acupuncture in the stomach region. It’s true that in Chinese medicine, there’s a noted connection between the stomach and brain that seems to give explanation why stress typically makes us feel queasy. Doing acupuncture in this region of the body is a developing key area that could restore flow to the body and help you feel much more relaxed during stressful moments.

We believe in the Chinese medical philosophy of Qi and the energy that flows through our bodies. By enhancing that flow, almost any ailment can be potentially relieved through acupuncture.

Come visit me here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness and see the results for yourself. I’m helping people every day find relief from stress during the holidays and year-round. With better evidence now available in how acupuncture is becoming the true antidote to stress and anxiety, it’s time for you contact me now.